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Design Reality Show Exposes Challenges of Custom Furniture Design

By Denise Butchko Posted: 03/03/2015 9:23AM

Most consumers have no awareness of what is involved in the conception, designing, engineering and building of custom furniture. Ellen's Design Challenge reality show exposed the intricacies of custom furniture and cabinet design.


Maple and Oak Staircase Inspired by Bird's Egg Opera House

By Michaelle Bradford Posted: 02/25/2015 4:08PM

A maple and oak staircase, designed by Frank's Cabinet Co., was inspired by the National Grand Theatre in Beijing, known as the Bird's Egg for its striking oval shape.


The $14,000 Walnut Laboutin Ping Pong Table by Rahil Taj

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/15/2015 3:06PM

Architectural designer Rahil Taj says his background in architecture - He studied at Southern California Institute of Architecture - inspires the functionality of the furniture he designs and builds, emphasizing walnut, hickory, metal and acrylic.


Using 20 Wood Species, Brothers Dressler Dress Up LuluLemon Shop

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 02/08/2015 7:18AM

A Toronto LuluLemon is decked out in over 20 types of reclaimed wood, including the staves of a tanning barrel, shipping pallets, submerged wharf beams and furniture off-cuts, in a project by custom woodworkers Brothers Dressler for Quadrangle architects.




Bathtubs Made from Wood Veneer - And Lots of It

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/28/2015 10:24PM

Alenga takes carefully selected wood veneers, saturates them with resin, then compresses then together under high pressure. The Swiss firm makes the tubs in wenge, walnut, pear, oak, iroko, and mahogany.


KBIS 2015: Laminates, Kitchen Cabinets and Hardware are Big Hit

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/28/2015 3:00PM

Kitchen and bath cabinetry, windows, flooring, doors and millwork are a major focus of Design & Construction Week, which was held Jan. 20-22 in Las Vegas.


How U.S. Woodshop Won Oak Table Order for France's President

By Matt Schumake Posted: 01/28/2015 11:56AM

Woodworker Rohan Ward, commissioned by the White House to build a custom oak table for the President of France, used wood from George Washington's estate, and iron from the Statue of Liberty.


Top 10 Kitchen Trends: White Cabinetry, Styles Fuse, Pets Matter

Posted by Wade Vonasek | Posted: 01/27/2015 4:21PM

European-styled cabinets, and kitchen cabinetry that is clean with an overall contemporary feeling, topped the list of 2015 design trends from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. A fusion of styles and multiple colors is seen. 2:


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